08/22/2008 12:00AM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, August 23rd


, a $49 payoff at Presque Isle on Thursday.

Saturday’s card is loaded with maiden and stakes races, so sign up for DRF-Plus and get the card on the front page of www.drf.com.

Remember, there’s a new look to our sheets for the sales of 2008—we have added SURFACE as a new category to tell you whether the horse breezed on a dirt (D) or synthetic (S) track. There are four (S) sales this year—OBSFEB, OBSMAR, OBSAPR and KEEAPR; and three D sales—FTFFEB, BARMAR and EASMAY. Just to add some more insight to your handicapping.

Also, our rules still hold about BreezeFigs “qualified” runners: You can get a good idea of what “qualified” BreezeFigs horses are by clicking on BreezeFigs Information underneath the two BreezeFigs links in the DRF-PLUS box in the right hand column on the home page and downloading files there. Remember, keep stride length (SL) in mind when handicapping from the BreezeFigs sheet and take advantage of all the tips that we provide on those sheets as well.

Also, refer to a study we did which shows that using BreezeFigs for 3-year-old maiden races in just as viable as using them for 2-year-old maiden races. .

If you'd like to learn a little more about how we come up with BreezeFigs, take a look at our new website, .

Saturday’s card has a distinct OBSAPR look to it, and with many stakes squeezing out 2-year-old maiden races at several tracks, we’re taking a slight detour to focus on some real juicy possibilities at tracks we don’t usually highlight. Here goes:

Remington Park, , Maiden Special Weight, 5½ Furlongs (Dirt)

Two Group 1 OBSAPR colts with similar SL’s look good here. Wholelotatricks threw in an excellent one furlong breeze at the sale with a six-over-Par performance, and he had an educational debut at Ellis Park when he was rushed from the rail post, which suggests he is likely to improve with a better post position here. The first-timer, Aptobefirst, was one-over-Par at one furlong and might have a bit of a trip problem breaking from the rail, but he’s nimble and could be positioned well for the drive. Both deserve consideration in gimmick and straight plays.

Mountaineer Park, , Maiden Special Weight, 6 Furlongs (Dirt)

Avelina’s Ticket has a super nine-over-Par, Group 1 breeze at a quarter mile at OBSAPR, fourth highest at the sale for that distance. He has the rail, which could be a problem if he doesn’t break fast, but he might be able to mow them down in the end. Rosa Pantera came out of the same sale with a Group 4 performance and his first two starts confirm that he’s not much. Go with Avelina’s Ticket all the way. Good luck!